Local ambulance company takes unique approach to collecting money

Local ambulance company takes unique approach to collecting money


DANIELLE DOZIER COMING UP AT 6:15. A LOCAL INDOLENCE COMPANY IS TAKING A UNIQUE APPROACH TO COLLECTING MONEY. IT HAS RESORTED TO FILING CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST SOME PATIENTS WHO REFUSE TO PAY. RICK EARLE IS LIVE WITH US TONIGHT. AND THIS GROUNDBREAKING METHOD OF COLLECTING. WHAT WE WANT TO KNOW IS, IS IT ACTUALLY LEGAL? IT IS A REALLY RADICAL APPROACH, BUT THE EMBLEMS COMPANY TELLS ME THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY HAS SIGNED OFF ON IT AND SO FAR, THEY SAY IT IS WORKING. TO THE TUNE OF ABOUT $20,000. AT RESCUE 14 IN ADAMS., PATIENTS WHO DO NOT PAY FOR INLAND SERVICES MAY NOW FACE THEFT CHARGES. YOU EVER FEEL THAT ABOUT FILING FEDERAL CHARGES? IT IS NOT LIKE I DON’T CARE, IT BOTHERS ME THAT THEY DON’T CARE. OVER THE YEARS, OPERATIONS MANAGER DON TRIED TO PURSUE PATIENTS IN CIVIL COURT BUT SAID IT TOOK TOO MUCH TIME AND MONEY. THEN HE HEARD ABOUT AN AMBULANCE COMPANY FILING PRIVATE CRIMINAL COMPLAINTS, AND DECIDED TO GIVE IT A SHOT. THESE ARE CASES THAT I AM STILL PURSUING. Reporter: HE ONLY PURSUES PATIENTS WHO GET INSURANCE CHECKS DIRECTLY TO HIGH MARK BUT DO NOT TURN THEM OVER TO RESCUE 14. IF YOU GOT A HAIRCUT OR YOU WENT AND BOUGHT SOME STUFF AND YOU WALKED OUT WITHOUT PAYING, WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU? THEY CALL THE POLICE AND THEY’RE GOING TO PICK YOU UP. SKEPTICAL AT FIRST, HE GOT THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY TO SIGN OFF, BEFORE FILING CHARGES, HE SENDS OUT THREE LETTERS DEMANDING PAYMENT. WE ASKED WPXI LEGAL ANALYST PHIL FOR HIS OPINION. THIS IS NOT ONLY UNIQUE, IT IS UNORTHODOX, BUT IT IS LEGAL. Reporter: DURING THE PAST YEAR, HE FILED THEFT CHARGES AGAINST NEARLY 30 PEOPLE AND SOME HE SUSPECTS ARE ABUSING THE SYSTEM, LIKE ONE PATIENT WHO WOULD REPEATEDLY CALL FOR AN AMBULANCE BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS. EVERY YEAR ABOUT THIS TIME, SHE CALLS TWO OR THREE TIMES, COLLECTS HER $4000, AND BY HIS CHRISTMAS PRESENTS. IN A STATEMENT, HE SAYS NONCONTRACT OUT-OF-NETWORK PROVIDERS ARE NOT PAID DIRECTLY BECAUSE THEY DO NOT HAVE APPROPRIATE CONTRACTUAL PROTECTIONS. ADDING, QUIT, EVIDENCE PROVIDERS DESERVE TO BE PAID FOR THEIR SERVICES RENDERED, WE BELIEVE OUR MEMBERS SHOULD PAY THEIR BILLS. HE SAYS HI MARK WILL PAY RESCUE 14 DIRECTLY, BUT AT A LOWER RATE. HE SAYS THAT IS A LOSING PROPOSITION. WHEN YOU DIAL 911, WE HAVE TO GO, REGARDLESS OF WHAT INSURANCE YOU HAVE, WE HAVE TO GO. THAT IS NOT REALLY FAIR. ALL YOU’RE GOING TO DO IS CAUSE THE INVALID SERVICE TO GO OUT OF BUSINESS. WITH THE THREAT OF CRIMINAL CHARGES HANGING OVER THEM, MOST PATIENTS AGREE TO EITHER PAY IN FULL OR A PAYMENT PLAN. WE REACHED OUT TO SEVERAL PATIENTS, BUT NO ONE WOULD TALK ON CAMERA. SOME CLAIM THEY NEVER RECEIVED LETTERS FROM RESCUE 14 AND THEY SAY THEY DIDN’T REALIZE THEY HAD THE FORWARD PAYMENT TO THE EMBLEMS COMPANY. HE SAYS SO FAR, HE HAS COLLECTED NEARLY $20,000. WE WILL CONTINUE DOING IT BECAUSE IT COULD BE SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT, $10,000 A YEAR. THAT IS ALMOST 2 MONTHS OF WAGES. Reporter: SEVERAL PATIENTS HAVE REFUSED TO SHOW UP FOR THOSE COURT HEARINGS, AND THE DISTRICT JUDGE HAS ISSUED A ARREST WARRANTS FOR THEM. WE WILL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THOSE CASES AND LET YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS.

2 Comments

  1. Svet lana says:

    Local ambulance company looking for reimbursement from Highmark!

  2. Ace Hardy says:

    💲🙌

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